How to dog-train people

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Grandma's cookies

“Eat up all your vegetables and you can have dessert!”

Sitting anxiously at the table of Yaya’s house, I remember bouncing in my seat and kicking my feet, waiting in harrowed anticipation for my grandmother to return from the kitchen. The rooms smelled sweet with vanilla and cinnamon from whatever magic pot or pan she had going and I couldn’t wait for a serving of anything–cookies, puddings, pies– it really didn’t matter to me. Yaya’s cooking was the very best and I had cleaned the plate as well as I could with my clumsy, young motor skills.

After all, I had to eat all my veggies before I could have dessert. How many of us would be surprised to find that grandma used a popular dog training technique to do what she thought was best for us?
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Having a bad day on the job?

Ever had a friend who complains about their terrible boss? Are they the type of boss who seems to only come over to them when he or she is upset about something? Do they like to snap off orders in that not-so-nice way? There might be something that can be done to help keep the peace and at least make your interactions a little more pleasant–with a bit of dog-training philosophy applied, of course.

Curious about how to train your boss to be less cranky?
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I couldn’t help myself when I saw this video–it actually has “Pawsitive” in it a few times! Nana looks like she’s having a blast pulling all the stops for her handler.
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Photo credit: dgies from Flickr

“Hold up, did I read that right? Using dog training on people? You’ve got to be nuts.”

Okay, so this definitely isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, and it probably won’t be the last, but what you may not realize is many of the things people do are not automatically ingrained into their system.
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